World needs to get into habit of reckoning with Ukraine’s interests – Zelensky

26 May, 04:18 PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

The international community should get used to taking Ukrainian interests into account, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Telegram messenger on May 25.

The Ukrainian leader noted that many figures still talk about Ukraine as if it didn’t have agency, saying that "still in Davos, for example, Mr. Kissinger emerges from the deep past and says that a piece of Ukraine should be given to Russia."

"We must do everything possible to make it a habit for the world to reckon with Ukraine,” Zelensky added.

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“(To make it clear) that the interests of Ukrainians do not overlap with the interests of those who are rushing to pay another visit to the dictator.”

According to him, it is for this reason that he is always actively engaging with international audiences, including speeches in Davos on May 25 and 26.

"Tomorrow – the Latvian Parliament,” the president announced, stating his schedule for the coming day.

“The day after tomorrow – Stanford and Indonesia. More activities to follow too.”

On May 19, the NYT published an opinion entitled The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn't Ready. In particular, it stated that while Russia's planning and hostilities were "surprisingly sloppy," the aggressor country remained too strong, and dictator Vladimir Putin had invested too much personal prestige in the invasion to retreat.

The authors of the article wrote that "If the conflict does lead to real negotiations, it will be Ukrainian leaders who will have to make the painful territorial decisions that any compromise will demand."

According to them, U.S. President Joe Biden should make it clear to Zelensky and his people that "there is a limit to how far the United States and NATO will go to confront Russia" and how many weapons, money, and political support they can mobilize.

After that, Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential advisor, said that any concession to Russia today is not a path to peace, but a war postponed for several years. He also emphasized that Ukraine will not trade off its sovereignty, territories, or citizens.

Zelensky himself has repeatedly stated that Ukraine will not make any territorial concessions in this war, and Ukraine’s aim is to reunify the whole of its territory, including occupied Donbas and Crimea.

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